Security fear over blacklist hotline
Industry campaigners are warning that a blacklist hotline could be used by unscrupulous employers to victimise construction workers.
Officials at the Information Commissioner’s Office set up the hotline in the wake of an industry blacklist run by Ian Kerr under the name of the Consulting Association.
Data was held on 3,213 workers and the vetting service was used by 40 major contractors.
Worried workers can now ring a hotline to check if their names are on the list.
But industry safety campaigner Mick Holder warned: “Unscrupulous employers could use this hotline all over again to check if potential employees are on the list. The only difference this time is that the service will be free.”
ICO officials said that anyone checking their details will need to provide their name, date of birth and National Insurance number.